Definitions for nibelungˈni bəˌlʊŋ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Ni•be•lungˈni bəˌlʊŋ(n.)(pl.)-lungs, -lung•en.
(in Germanic legend) any of a race of dwarfs who possess a treasure that confers unlimited power on its owner.
(in the Nibelungenlied) a follower of Siegfried. a member of Gunther's family; a Burgundian.
(German mythology) a companion or follower of Siegfried
(German mythology) any of the race of dwarfs who possessed a treasure hoard that was stolen by Siegfried
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
king of the Nibelungen, a mythical Burgundian tribe, the fabulous possessor of a hoard of wealth so inexhaustible that "twelve waggons in twelve days, at the rate of three journeys a day, could not carry it off," and which he bequeathed to his two sons on his deathbed, by the vanquishing of whom the hoard fell into the hands of the redoubtable hero Siegfried.